Broward Politics: Lois Frankel gets campaign boost from national Democrats

Congressional candidate Lois Frankel is getting a campaign boost from national Democrats.

The campaign arm for U.S. House Democrats is naming her on Wednesday as one of its “majority makers.” She’s only the eighth candidate to receive the designation for the 2012 election cycle, signaling that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has high hopes that she’ll win the seat, putting it in the Democratic column and help the party in its goal to win back control of the House.

Democrats need to win 25 seats to take over the House. Last week, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said there’s a one in three chance that would happen.

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the DCCC, issued a statement filled with praise for Frankel.

“As a champion for seniors, children, and small businesses, Lois Frankel has a strong record of getting results for south Florida families. Lois continues to build an incredible grassroots campaign to make sure that Democrats win the 22nd Congressional District in order to fight an extreme Republican agenda that would end Medicare while protecting tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil,” Israel said.

He’s backing up is words with an appearance Saturday in West Palm Beach at which he’ll help Frankel raise money for his campaign.

The moves by Israel and the DCCC are telling – he isn’t doing the same for Kristin Jacobs, the other Democrat seeking the nomination in the Broward-Palm Beach county 22nd Congressional District.

Frankel entered the race in March 2011, when controversial freshman U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, was seeking re-election.

In January, West abandoned the Broward-Palm Beach county district and is running instead in more Republican-friendly territory in northern Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.

Jacobs, who entered the race in February, hasn’t had nearly as much time as Frankel to build up her congressional campaign.

One reason for the national attention: Frankel’s the top fundraiser among Democratic challengers in the country (technically she’s not a challenger any more since West left the district).

Fundraising reports filed last month with the Federal Election Commission showed Frankel raised $408,414 in the fundraising quarter that ended March 31. She’s raised a total of $1.8 million, but much of that came when she was able to use West as a fundraising vehicle to get money from Democratic activists.

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